Currency

Real (R$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than R$200

  • Dorm bed: R$40–80
  • Sandwich and drink in a juice bar: R$18–25
  • Long-distance buses: around R$15–18 per hour of travel

Midrange: R$200–400

  • Standard double room in a hotel: R$160–300
  • Dinner for two in a midrange restaurant: R$80–160
  • Jungle trip: R$150–350 per day
  • Admission to nightclubs and live-music venues: R$20–50
  • One-way flight from Rio to Salvador/Iguaçu/Manaus: from R$470/500/550

Top end: More than R$400

  • Boutique hotel: from R$500
  • Upscale jungle lodges outside Manaus: R$600–1200 per night
  • Dinner for two at top restaurants: R$200–500

Bargaining

A little bargaining for hotel rooms should become second nature. Before you agree to take a room, ask for a better price: ‘Tem desconto?’ (Is there a discount?) and ‘Pode fazer um melhor preço?’ (Can you give a better price?) are the phrases to use. There’s sometimes a discount for paying à vista (cash).

You should also bargain when shopping in markets. And if you’re about to ride in unmetered taxis, be sure to agree on the price before departing.

Money

There are no ATMs in the historic center. The nearest ATMs are Banco do Brasil and Bradesco, close to each other on Av Getúlio Vargas about 2km north, reachable on any of several northbound buses (1983, 1973, 910, 881) from the post office, opposite Praça do Carmo.